Working up the nerve and the faith to write about my life raw and unvarnished. Just facing the journaling process is intimidating.
Anyone out there with experience sharing their hard-won experience honestly and without color?
Please share your thoughts.
I’ll be posting as I make progress on my journey.
Integrity. Such an important word.
I have been feeling as though our society has lost all perspective on Integrity: it’s meaning and importance to our daily living.
As our culture has lost faith in the foundations on which America has always stood, we have lost belief in our leaders’ integrity; and therefore lost our belief in its very existence.
Integrity is a personal value that is extremely important in how we live. Integrity influences our choices, decisions, and actions.
Take some time today to contemplate your views on Integrity: is it a value to you? Do you believe it is important? Is it important to teach your children? To model for others? To be a leader?
So… this past week my time-management skills and work-life balance were a little (a lot) off kilter.
I “glanced” at my Make Art Everyday book, everyday… but I was so brain tired and emotionally drained that I did NOTHING.
Saturday came and work had slowed some, I’d processed some emotional upheaval, and 15 had a BFF over. Suddenly, I found myself at loose ends with a wandering mind and restless hands. Voila!! Time for some ART PROMPTS.
So I didn’t make art everyday, but I still made ART!
Lesson for me (always): progress not perfection.
Did I follow My Plan perfectly? No.
Did I stumble and procrastinate? Yes.
Did I get it done? Yes.
Life is messy. Some days my “Best” is not so great. Some days my “Best” is Awesome! … and some days I just show up and make it to bedtime without creating a bigger mess.
Those really “messy” days are full of pain and “shoulds” and “I’ll never be good enough”…. and THOSE are the days I have to work really hard to love myself, so I can make it to my productive, awesome days.
This week had more messy days than usual, but I got in my Awesome on Saturday and made it up to myself with Art ❤️.
Who else feels like this will take a lifetime?
Honestly, I’ve healed from a lot, and I can share most of it without crying…
There are just some things that leave deep scars, and revisiting them will probably ALWAYS make me cry.
These are the events, traumas, experiences that no matter how many times they are triggered, there is a new layer of shit to process and heal from.
They say, “Time heals all wounds.”
I say, “Time gives me space to heal and scar.” Some wounds are so deep that they are a part of who you are.
For these “scars” I say, “learn from them and share your knowledge with others”
There is someone out in the world dealing with a trauma like yours, wondering if there is a light at the end of their tunnel, and they need your experience to help them navigate the healing process.
So much of the past year (March 2020-March 2021), and even periods of my life before, have felt like illustration #1: I’m running in circles loosing my mind and sense of perspective.
Reality IS illustration #2: I may be running in circles, but I am NOT in the same place.
Each lap teaches me something new.
Each lap forces me to TRY a new approach.
Each lap I get a little bit stronger: mentally, physically, or spiritually.
If you feel like you’ve been running in circles this is for you:
Yes! you may,in-fact, BE running in circles. Running in circles doesn’t always mean your staying in the same place.
- Got up early!
- Did stretches!
- Watched the sunrise
- Gratitude Journaling
- Had 16 oz water, cup of coffee, & ate breakfast
- Reached out to a friend with an honest and vulnerable heart
- Had a good cry
- Showered and dressed
…. ALL BEFORE 8am! & start of work!
- took time to have a phone conversation, I miss hearing my friends voices!
- Set a timer for lunch break! … AND took a lunch break!
WOW! So on-target with what I’m working on right now.
If you need help with ding love and kindness for yourself and others, this article lays out the perfect way to start!
— Read on empress2inspire.blog/2020/12/26/practising-loving-kindness/
Ushering in a New Year, a New President, a New attitude.
I don’t agree with the new President or administration policies.
That said, I ALWAYS respect THE OFFICE and the PROCESS. 🤔
Let’s ALL try to remember/learn a few important LIFE FACTS:
- The Politicians that run your STATE and your COMMUNITY have more power over how you live and your quality of life than the President.
- If you are unhappy with what is going on around you, BE THE CHANGE you want to see.
- You can ALWAYS voice complaints to your LOCAL and STATE Politicians for CHANGE.
- Be part of the SOLUTION, stop worrying about WHO is responsible for the problem.
- We don’t have to AGREE on ANYTHING to BE KIND and HELP OTHERS.
@pinterest is great for inspiration! Love this.
I can never be reminded too often to keep being my own person in-spite of all the noise around me.
Sticking to my own path, making up my own mind, standing strong on my values and beliefs is key to being the woman, wife, mother, friend, and contributor in the world that is meaningful to me.
Where do you find your inspiration?